Musicians Synergy

WSA presents a project in partnership with JazzDay Germany to promote multiple artists and share all the great material of them, creating a musicians synergy into the world community.

To start with the project, we want to introduce you the great Uruguayan double bass player: Antonino Restuccia.

Antonino Restuccia is a double bassist, bassist and composer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has released “La Búsqueda de la Escencia” (2012), “Océano” (2016), “Otro Camino” (2020) as leader, composer, and has recorded on more than 30 albums as a collaborator.
He has performed concerts and tours in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and the United States.
He has worked alongside referents of uruguayan music such as Jose Reinoso, Hugo Fattoruso, Osvaldo Fattoruso, Jorge Trasante, Alberto Magnone, Hector Bingert, Nicolas Ibarburu, Claudio Taddei, Cuareim 1080, among many others.
At the international level he has participated as a double bass player for Yotam Silberstein (ISR), Susana Santos Silva (POR), Ed Neumeister (USA), Raynald Colom (ESP), Faiz Lamouri (FRA) among others. He currently resides in Barcelona, ​​where he actively participates in the city's music scene.

Hendrika Entzian
Double bassist jazz musician.

Hendrika Entzian studied double bass in Hamburg, then from 2009 in Cologne. In addition to her participation in various projects in Cologne, she increasingly focused on composition and subsequently completed a master's degree in jazz arrangement and composition in Cologne. She regularly writes and arranges for large ensembles such as the Cologne Subway Jazz Orchestra. Her composition "Weekdays" was included in the program "Zukunftsmusik" at the BujazzO Composition Competition 2016.
Since January 2012, Hendrika Entzian has been working in her quartet with saxophonist Maxi Jagow (for whom Matthew Halpin substituted in 2016) as well as Simon Seidl (piano) and Fabian Arends (drums).
In 2014 she won 3rd prize at the Hansjürg Hensler Jazz Competition. Her composition "Krance" reached the finals of the Katowice International Composition Competition. She also received a jazz/pop scholarship for female musicians at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.
In autumn 2017, Hendrika was invited to participate in the Arrangers Workshop of the Dutch Metropolis Orkest and to write an arrangement for guest soloist Kandace Springs. In the same year, she was awarded the WDR Jazz Prize 2018 in the category Composition.

Ian Elizondo
Bass player and composer.

Ian Alihuen Elizondo born in the city of Necochea (province of Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a bass player, composer and improviser based in Maldonado, Uruguay. He studied image and sound design career at the UBA (University of Buenos Aires).
At the same time, he developed his career as an independent musician studying guitar and composition with Sergio Crotti, and instrumental development and improvisation with Santiago Beis.
In 2015, in Montevideo, Uruguay, he formed "Domus jazz" an independent record label and artist’s collective with renowned local jazz musicians.
In 2016, Ian recorded his first project entitled "Motifs" developing into improvisation and patterned music with his “Fourteto Alihuen” integrated by Juan Ibarra (drums), Antonino Resstuccia (double bass), and Santiago Beis (piano and saxophone).
In 2017, he recorded an improvisation and instant composition album with Ignacio Correa (bass), Mateo Ottonello (drums), Santiago Beis (piano, synthesizers), and Ziv Taubenfeld (bass clarinet). In the same year, he started to study double bass and played in several projects.
As a bass player he recorded an album with Santiago Beis (flute and soprano sax), which is in mastering process. In 2018, he recorded "Este y el otro" a double album with Manuel Ojeda (guitar) and Damian Taveira (drums). In 2019, he recorded "Wanderlust" Patricia Lopez album (sax, flute, composition).

Jasper Somsen
Double bassist, composer and producer.


Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He collaborated amongst many others with Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Lynne Arriale, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, E.J. Strickland, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband and Gabriele Mirabassi.

Besides a performer, Jasper Somsen is a renowned studio producer. Being both the bassist and/or producer he was responsible for the latest highly acclaimed albums by Enrico Pieranunzi, Bob Sheppard, Lynne Arriale and Jean-Michel Pilc for Challenge Records International. As a leader he released “Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry” (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi – 2010), “Sardegna” (2013) and the albums “A New Episode In Life, part I & II” (2017).

Jasper performes world wide and can be heard on more than 40 albums. Outside a busy playing and studio producing schedule, Jasper divides his time between composing and teaching. Since 2001 he live performed and recorded many film music scores.

Ramiro Zayas
Pianist and composer.

Ramiro Zayas is an Argentinian pianist and composer, now based in Berlin.
Studied with Guillermo Klein, Enrique Norris, Ernesto Jodos, Malena Levin , among others.
"Rio Interior" is the name of his first album, released in 2019 by Club del Disco and recorded with young and talented musicians from the Buenos Aires Jazz scene like Camila Nebbia, Lucia Boffo, Pablo Passini, Hernan Cassibba and Omar Menendez.
He has also collaborated in several projects as Big Nant, Anonimous Big Band, Tundra, Mingunos, Lucia Boffo Trio, among others, and performed in several clubs and festivals in Argentina, Uruguay, Germany and Italy.
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